Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bring out Your Inner Ghoul or Goblin for Halloween

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Bring out Your Inner Ghoul or Goblin for Halloween

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Byline: MERRYL MILLER merrylm@thechronicle.com.au

IT WAS not so many years ago that Halloween passed Australians by almost unnoticed.

Sure, we were familiar with the horror flicks which often featured psychopaths wearing jack-o'-lantern masks or screaming atrick or treata during their murderous rampages, but generally speaking, the occasion was little more than an excuse to eat a few more lollies (oops, acandya).

That has all changed in recent times.

Come October 31, you will see hordes of young children dressed as ghosts and witches roaming your neighbourhood asking for treats, and there is also a strong chance you will be invited to a party to celebrate Halloween.

In fact, Cheryl Smith of Teiki Costumes in East Toowoomba says Halloween is now one of the busiest times of the year for her store.

aHalloween is bigger than Christmas these days,a Ms Smith says.

aAlong with Book Week, it is certainly one of the busiest times of the year a[pounds sterling] so I'm glad we are following that American tradition because it's good for business.a

While folklorists detect the origin of Halloween in the Roman feast of Pomona, it is more commonly linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain (roughly translated as asummer's enda). The word aHalloweena is a Scottish variant of All Hallows Even.

The Americans adopted Halloween with gusto, and it is celebrated more widely there than anywhere else in the world.

But it is becoming increasingly popular to celebrate the spookiness of October 31 in countries other than the United States, with Australians quickly taking the occasion to heart.

Ms Smith says that during her 12 years in the costume industry, she has seen Halloween grow in popularity.

aChildren enjoy dressing up to go trick or treating, while adults a[pounds sterling] well, they just appreciate any excuse for a party.a

And the favourite costumes?

aGirls like to go as devils or witches, while the Grim Reaper costume is popular for boys,a Ms Smith says.

It's a good thing Ms Smith runs a costume hire shop because she is sure to be off to another Halloween party on October 31. …

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